Teacher Training FAQ

What is the difference between the School led and University led routes? School Led Teacher Training is an innovative new way of training teachers which has been designed to enable schools to take a leading role in Initial Teacher Training whilst working in partnership with accredited ITT providers. It is a one year full time route into teaching, leading to Qualified Teacher Status. A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and master’s level credits are also included on our course. The course content and qualification at the end are exactly the same as a traditional University led route but the delivery is much more hands on. On a school led course you will train in the classroom supported by qualified teachers and mentors and will work as part of the teaching team from day one – immediately putting your new skills into practice. You will be part of a smaller group which means a more personalised experience and more individual support. Another advantage of school led is that you will know in advance where your placement schools will be and will be placed as close to home as possible.

What is the difference between QTS and PGCE?  QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) is the accreditation that enables you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales. A PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) is an additional academic qualification which enables you teach all around the world. At Heart TSA we offer QTS with PGCE to give our trainees maximum flexibility for the future.

What does the PGCE part involve? You will write three assignments spread throughout the year with guidance from expert tutors. The assignments are very much linked to your teaching practice, and not just writing for writings sake!

What makes your course different? We pride ourselves on being a very unique and forward thinking teacher training provider in that we always look to find new and creative ways to teach all subjects and topics to our children. Our course involves many trips and visits and links with industry professionals, and we explore new technologies that shape the future of teaching in order to engage our children and fill them with enthusiasm for learning. Our trip to the BETT Show in London is always a highlight.

What qualifications are required to apply for teacher training? You will require at least a grade C/4 in both GCSE English and GCSE Maths (or equivalent qualification). If you have the qualifications but have lost your certificates don’t worry you can apply for reprints. You also need a degree – for primary teaching your degree can be in any subject at all.

I have qualifications from overseas – how can I find out the equivalent UK qualifications? UK NARIC is the National Agency responsible for providing information, advice and expert opinion on qualifications worldwide. You can contact them via their website.

Other than qualifications, what are training providers looking for in candidates? Although not a pre requisite if you can gain experience of working with young people, preferably in the age group you wish to teach that will really help you with your application and interview. We offer experience days here at Sacred Heart – email us if you would like to book a day.

What will the interview be like?  We try to make our interviews as relaxed as we possibly can. There will be a short mini teach to a small group of pupils, a formal interview and a written task. There are lots of tips and resources online so doing your research beforehand will pay off, but remember we are not expecting perfection we are simply looking for potential and the ability to interact well with children – so be yourself and make sure your passion for teaching comes across above all else.

How can I finance my course? The fees for the course are £9,250. A Tuition Fee Loan is available to cover course costs so you won’t have pay these upfront, and you can also get a Maintenance Loan to help with living costs. It doesn’t matter if you already have a student loan – you can still apply for both these loans to support your teacher training even if you have already accessed 4 years of funding, and you will only start making repayments when you earn over the threshold . You may be also be entitled to additional financial support if you are a parent, have a disability or have an adult dependant.

What are my chances of employment once qualified? At Heart TSA we have an outstanding record of 100% of employment – with many of our graduates working within our partner schools across the region. Trainees are extensively supported in seeking employment through application and interview sessions. We have a large network of partner schools and our reputation for producing excellent teachers means that our trainees are always in demand.